Saying Goodbye – Funeral Casket and Urn Options

Arranging a burial or memorial ceremony as well as the other aspects that come with it can be extremely overwhelming when someone close to you passes away. Planning a funeral or ceremony requires you to decide on a type of casket for your loved one. The deceased’s religious traditions could require a certain type of casket, or they could have even expressed the wish for a specific type. Or maybe the choice has been left to you to decide the right kind of casket or vessel. Knowing the basic types of caskets and burial vessels can help you make the right choice without much stress or thought.

Casket Options
Mostly, people choose caskets according to a designated budget, cultural or religious expectations or cemetery restrictions. Maple, oak, pine, mahogany, poplar, cherry and even walnut are some of the solid wood kinds which traditionally used for making caskets. Traditional caskets come lined with soft, pleasant fabrics like satin but they can also be personalized by the deceased’s family or friends. A favourite pillow, blanket or fabric can be appropriated as the lining of the casket. Quotations can be inscribed or painted outside the casket to match the deceased’s unique personality.

Green Caskets
Green ceremonies are becoming more popular and are conducted every day in parks and gardens encouraging sustainable local practices. Green burials use biodegradable caskets which decompose over time, giving back to the earth, causing no harm. Cremation equipment often uses harmful fuels that produce toxic pollutants that put mercury into the atmosphere. Green burials also help create an area of land that is very rich in soil quality and preserves the area’s natural habitat.

Religion and Caskets
Simple wooden caskets are to be used without any metal parts in a burial ceremony according to traditional Jewish law. Many African cultures shape caskets resembling familiar objects- such as a favourite animal. Caskets made out of cedar and cypress is used in Japan, they do not decompose and have an appealing scent, preserving the deceased in a way that mirror’s the culture’s view on ancestors and honouring the dead. Hence, different religions call for different types of caskets or burial vessels.

Cremation and Urns
Different varieties of urns are available to choose from as cremation is still a popular practice. Most urns today are made of long lasting materials such as stainless steel, bronze and brass. However, granite, marble and cloisonné comprise the classic style more often chosen by people. These days, urns are available n many different designs often made of cultured marble and oak other than the simple vase.

The kind and quality determine the cost of the vessel or burial casket. The average casket costs around US $2000. Cheaper options can be found on speciality websites and wholesale companies. Customized or specialized caskets will obviously cost more than the basic vessel. Urns are comparatively less expensive, costing anything between $100 and $1000 depending on the design, but the cremation adds to the overall cost. The average green burial costs around $2500, which is half the cost of the average traditional burial and hence makes a less expensive alternative. Green burials do not use chemical embalming; their materials are cheaper and mostly natural.

With a basic understanding of different types of caskets and burial vessels, funeral arrangements will be less stressful and difficult, keeping in line with the religious and family burial traditions, you can be sure that your loved one will rest in peace.

Casket depot is Canada’s largest supplier of caskets and burial vessels. The provide affordable, quality wood caskets, metal caskets and urns.

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